One of the finest strengths of the tiny game is their potential to evoke the narrative structures of fables, parables or fairy tales. The larger the game, the more explicit plots tend to get, with a player’s patience for ambiguity or esotericism stretched too far over multiple hours. But when a game last five or ten minutes there’s, ironically, more room to be vague, elusive, and open to interpretation.
Takume [official site] by Death Trash developer Stephan Hövelbrinks is a fine example of this realised, a five minute game rendered in beautifully animated chunky pixels, a fable of two sisters. Read the rest of this entry »